Environmental

The Environmental Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the protection of surface water quality in Stafford County and to comply with specific environmental regulations and help protect the interest of the surrounding community and its citizens. 

The Environmental Division is comprised of both Environmental Inspections and Stormwater Management to regulate, assist, and/or promote the following:

Environmental Inspections
  • Erosion & Sediment Control
  • Stormwater Management
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Drainage
Stormwater Management
  • MS4 Stormwater Permit Program
  • BMP Maintenance Inspections
  • Low-Impact Development
  • Pollution Prevention

Information:

Residential Storm Drainage


Contact the Environment Division at (540) 658-8830 to request a site visit for concerns regarding residential storm drainage.  County staff will assist by identifying the problem, determine the entity responsible for maintenance, and provide technical assistance.  

Fact Sheet 

Groundwater Study

To view the Piedmont Area groundwater study visit the link below. This study examines well regulations enacted by other localities, determines an estimate of available groundwater and performs modeling to identify areas of greater concern.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Storm Drain Marking Program


As part of the County’s commitment to protecting its valuable water resources, the Environmental Division facilitates Storm Drain Marking Program. This is a great opportunity for you (or your organization) to take an active part in the health of our local waterways by installing storm drain markers that read "Only Rain Down the Drain" in local subdivisions. Unlike wastewater, discharges to storm drains flow directly into our creeks, streams, lakes and rivers. The markers will serve as a reminder to citizens that household pollutants (motor oil, paint, grass clippings, etc.) can cause harm to our surrounding waterways, and ultimately have negative impacts on the Chesapeake Bay.

If you or your organization is interested in the Storm Drain Marking Program,please contact the Stafford County Department of Public Works - Environmental Division (540) 658-8833.
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(Girl Scout Troop 3546 Juniors, 2015)
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(Boy Scout Troop 516, 2012)

REMINDER: Stormwater Pollution Hotline

The Stafford County Department of Public Works displays the Stormwater Pollution Hotline phone number (Dial 311 or (540) 658-8830) on County vehicles. Look for the red bumper tag, and use it as a reminder to report any illicit discharges and/or pollution-generating activities that may be occurring in your neighborhood or the surrounding area.


An illicit discharge can be any discharge, other than stormwater, to a storm drain. Examples of illicit discharges are gasoline, motor oil, paints, pesticides, vehicle spills, and grass clippings. These discharges (and similar substances) are prohibited under Stafford County Code - Chapter 21.5.

The Department of Public Works, with your help, can KEEP STAFFORD STREAMS CLEAN!
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The Adopt-a-Stream program is a great opportunity for you (or your organization) to learn about our local streams and waterways and what you can do to protect them.

The Adopt-a-Stream program is coordinated by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and includes litter clean-ups twice per year along a stream shoreline.

If you or your organization is interested in the Storm Drain Marking Program,please contact the Stafford County Department of Public Works - Environmental Division (540) 658-8830.